September 6, 2019


Bienvenidos to the Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation!

We are so glad you found us!

No matter where you are from when you visit our Lakeside shul, you will suddenly feel like you are home, surrounded by warm and welcoming Jews.   Community is the essence of Jewish life and it is even more important here since so many of our friends and families live in other countries.  

Wherever you are on your journey – observant, reform, conservative, returning, secular, converting, questioning, the important thing is you are here, and we welcome you.

We are small, friendly, inclusive, culturally diverse, egalitarian independent shul and we believe in making Judaism available and accessible to all who seek it. We serve the Lakeside community and our doors are open to everyone including interfaith and same sex couples and families. We encourage participation from all who seek a connection to Jewish life, religious or spiritually.


We invite you to explore our website and  join our mailing list (at the bottom of the page). Learn more about our community by visiting and experiencing the shul during services, holidays and events.

If you would like to meet anyone- the Board of Directors, our Lay Rabbi, please click here.  

Simchat Torah Celebration!

A day of glorious sunshine shone down upon our celebration: the gift of a new Torah to Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation in Riberas del Pilar.  Beginning with a delicious light lunch at Pancho’s in Riberas, a crowd of more than a hundred noshed, mingled, listened and danced to live klezmer music.   The new Torah was presented, and many people were honored with carrying the new Torah from table to table to admire and celebrate its arrival. Among the guests were Synagogue members,  the general Lakeside Jewish community, the B’er Chayim envoy from Cumberland MD, a large group of Mexican families with children who made the five hour journey from Melaque on the Pacific Coast  who are studying Judaism in their homes preparing for their conversion, two envoys from the US Consul General Office in Guadalajara, Hector Ramos, liaison to the ex-pat community and many of our supportive non-Jewish community here at Lakeside.



November 2 10am
November 9  6pm
November 16 10am
November 22 6pm
December 7 10am
December 13 6pm
December 21 10am
December 22 4pm Chanukah service

Laina Dicker has volunteered to update the Yarzheit listing used in services to remember the names of our loved ones who have passed. Please send the names and secular calendar month of passing of those people you’d like to have remembered to Laina at Our thanks to Laina.

LCJC always welcomes volunteers to assist in making our synagogue a place to call home. If you have any ideas/skills/desire to participate, please contact any member of the Board of Directors. We are currently looking for someone to be our Communications Coordinator to take charge of the weekly bulletin, publicity for our various synagogue activities and update/maintain social media sites.

Rabbi Charles Arian is conducting an online course on the weekly Torah portion with Rashi’s commentary on the first and third Thursdays of the calendar month at 8 pm Eastern time. If interested in participating paste: https:/ into your browser. Also, please advise Rabbi Arian at: in advance so he can send you the texts prior to the class.

He and his wife Keleigh are hoping to visit the Lakeside area again this July. Charles and Keleigh were here in July 2018 and attended Friday night services with us. They would like to find a house-sitting opportunity (with or without pets) sometime during July in order to extend their visit. Rabbi Arian has also offered to conduct lectures, lessons, sermons, a stand-up routine (actually, I added that part – Betty), or whatever we would like as a participant in our community while he’s here. A member of Rabbis without Borders, he recently returned from a trip to the border at Nogales. You can read an article here about the trip. If you think you might be able to offer a house-sitting for opportunity for Charles and Keleigh, please let me know at and I’ll be in touch with them. Or you can friend Charles himself on Facebook.

Please keep them and their families in your thoughts.

Bob Shiffman
Barbara and Mike Appel
Rebecca Ford

Let us know of other members of our community in need of support.

LCJC now has a Yahrzeit Board in the sanctuary. If you have a loved one that you would like to remember in this way, contact Laina Dicker at  Individual plaques for the Yahrzeit Board are available for 1000 pesos each.

BENEFIT FROM A VISIT? If you or a friend would benefit from a visit or a phone call.  Please contact Susana Greenberg at or call  332-815 4973

Commemorate an event, honor a memory, or celebrate a loved one by making a donation of any denomination to LCJC’s Discretionary or Operating Funds, or by purchasing a leaf on LCJC’s “Tree of Life” displayed in the Sanctuary. For more information, please e-mail or contact any Board Member.


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Jalisco, México

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